Well we finally have a look at the long-awaited revamp of The Mummy. Will it be the first step in Universal’s shared monster universe?
The Mummy lives
So a very different tract than we’re used to seeing with this one. And by that, I mainly mean that the Mummy is usually a male character. He was made famous most recently in the trilogy that starred Arnold Vasloo and Brendan Fraiser.
Say what you want about what that series turned into, but the first film wasn’t bad at all. Even the second one was decent, and Vosloo was great as the cursed priest Imhotep. Since this is only a first glance, we don’t know how this movie will resettle the mythos. We also don’t have a clue who the mummy will actually turn out to be, but it’s definitely of the female persuasion. It looks pretty interesting too,. And although brief, the new imagining seems to work just fine.
The effects look great as well. And although slightly understated in this early peek, I’m sure there’s some awesome stuff on the way. they’re going to have to top the trilogy after all, and there were some super-cool effects moments in there.
As for Tom Cruise, he looks to be his usual self. He more often than not delivers a solid to great performance, and I hope that carries over here. That’s especially true since it seems as though this is the first film in that shared universe that’s been tossed around for ages.
Not that we really know that either at this point, but that “welcome to a new world of gods and monsters” tag line lends itself to that end. If you remember, Dracula Untold was largely believed to have been meant to be the first, but underperformed at the box office.
So will this be the start of something… monstrous? We’ll find out when The Mummy opens in theaters this Summer.